Young David Remnick, editor of the New Yorker, while in the solitude of the quiet car on an Acela Express returning to New York from the Coronation rite, tries his hand at fashion notes or is it anatomical notes:
The Obamas are so preposterously good-looking, so put together,
that you watch them come out of a morning church service and you
notice the President of the United States fourth. Whoever
thought to give Michelle Obama purple gloves so that they echoed
her daughters’ outfits—well, are there prizes for that?
January 21, 2013
Actress Jodie Foster, midst an elegant rant at the Golden Globe Awards, descants on the hygiene and the Art of Hollywood:
“Well, for all of you ‘SNL’ fans, I’m 50! I’m 50! You know, I
need to do that without this dress on, but you know, maybe later at
Trader Vic’s, boys and girls. What do you say? I’m 50! You know, I
was going to bring my walker tonight but it just didn’t go with the
cleavage…. Executives, producers, the directors, my fellow actors
out there, we’ve giggled through love scenes, we’ve punched and
cried and spit and vomited and blown snot all over one another—and
those are just the co-stars I liked.”
January 13, 2013
Another of Joseph Goebbels’ aspirants in the field of American propaganda—though with a nicer smile—Jeffrey Toobin immortalizes Bob Bork:
Robert Bork, who died Wednesday, was an unrepentant reactionary
who was on the wrong side of every major legal controversy of the
twentieth century. The fifty-eight senators who voted against Bork
for confirmation to the Supreme Court in 1987 honored themselves,
and the Constitution. In the subsequent quarter-century, Bork
devoted himself to proving that his critics were right about him
all along. Bork was born in 1927…
December 19, 2012
Celebratory news about a health food craze sweeping the country and the intellectual uses to which it can be put:
It’s a brand new year, and in the world of marijuana we are
going into unchartered territory in Washington State and Colorado.
In other states, medical marijuana programs are either up and
running or in the works. It seems like almost every other state is
talking about either recreational or medical marijuana reform. New
products are coming out every day, marijuana is going mainstream,
and there appears to be no end in sight. It’s truly an exciting
time to be a marijuana consumer/activist/etc…. I have often dreamed
of opening a 420 arcade with retro games. There’s just something
about smoking a doobie while playing pinball at an establishment
that sounds awesome to me, even if I had to bring my own.
January 1, 2013
The stringently apolitical National Father’s Day Council gives its 2013 award for “Father of the Year” to—whom else?—Bill Clinton, presumably for his exemplary work with young interns. Incidentally the stringently apolitical National Father’s Day Council gave its 2007 Father of the Year Award to—whom else?—John Edwards, precisely eight months before candidate Edwards’ little love-child was born:
Former President Bill Clinton will be honored as a “father of the year” by the National Father’s Day Council this coming June, the Council announced Wednesday.
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
The debacle of this president’s administration is both a cause and a symptom of the decline of American values. Unless Congress impeaches him, that decline will go on unchecked. An eminent jurist surveys the damage and assesses the chances for the recovery of our culture.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
The American Christmas, like the songs that celebrate it, makes room for everybody under the rainbow. Is that why so many people seem to be hostile to it?
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?